BCUSA Collaboration and Auction Thread!

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  1. mneedham

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    Yep - The circus is in town folks! There has been so much talk about the great work that members collaborate on here, for example, 556MP makes a knife and Ratty1 makes the sheath. There have been some amazing examples of these joint efforts and we want to take advantage of it! Site management has blessed the concept of a member collaboration auction! Upthecreek and I will be managing this endeavor and here is the concept:

    1. Interested members and vendors will reach out to eachother and develop an idea for a knife, tool, pouch, artwork, etc. where more than one member applies their skills to the project. As an example, my daughters and I will make a knife blade, ask Aven to finish the grips and than send it to Growling Bear to finish the blade and make a sheath (BTW - I haven't talked to these folks yet, but you get the idea...).

    2. Once you have a sense of what you want to do, post up thread indicating your intent. Upthecreek will track the collaborations. Ideally projects will be completed by the end of June...

    3. Once you finish your project, post up pics and indicate that you are donating it to our auction. We will auction off the items as they are completed and the proceeds will be given to BCUSA. At the discretion of site management, a portion of the proceeds will be used to create a "Campfire Fund", a pool of money that mods can distribute to good causes or members with legitimate needs.

    Also, if you have collaboration item in your posession, feel free to post them here just to show them off!

    Upthecreek and I will be winging this a little so be patient with us. Let's go!
     
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  2. upthecreek

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    OK - Like Mike said I'll be tracking and coordinating the collbaborations. If you have a collaboration that you have put together with a member(s), post up your intent in this thread or PM me. Please say who is involved and what you want to make. I'll track the collaborations here and try to keep the list up to date. If you want to be involved but don't have a partner, reach out and tells us what your skill is and try to keep a list of folks seeking a fellow collaborator.

    Current stats:

    Projects:

    knife - needham gals, 1Jesster, Growling Bear,

    axe - upthecreek, mneedham, Malcolm C

    knife - looker, bad moon

    psk - 556mp, bad moon

    Willing participants :

    556MP
    Malcolm C - leather work
    Ratty1 -
    Shutternut - blade to donate
    Brazito - scale material
    Aven -
    Bad Moon - blade to donate
    Kimber45guy - tomahawk handle
    JD Feniello - wood working
    Grizzix - paracord goodness
    Wildernut - mil spec supplies
    Thanks
    Creek :42:
     
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  3. mainewoods

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    Sounds Great Guys, I alway said We Have Great Talent Here!
     
  4. 556mp

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    Cool Idea, glad that it went through. I'd be down once I get caught up with making for who I've got to make for, unless I can slip something in sooner. Good on you fellas.

    Thank you for using Ratty and myself as an example.

    -Matt
     
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    I don't mean to be presumptuous here, but I'd be happy to make a leather accoutrement as one end of a collaborative effort. I'm always looking for a new project these days, and this would be a good opportunity to give something back.

    Take care,
    Malcolm
     
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    really neat idea i cant wait to see what comes from it
     
  7. upthecreek

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    Thanks Malcolm, I'll be in touch. mneedham and I are going to put a small hatchet up for sale that could use a little leather love.
     
  8. mneedham

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    Truth!

    Matt - you are partially to blame for the concept, when you gifted that little blade and ratty offered to make a sheath for it, the concept got some life...

    Here are to 2 collabs, a knife that we made with a Growling bear sheath and the blade that you made:

    [​IMG]

    Malcom - We will list you as an artist looking for a partner! Thanks!
     
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    I not the best you have ever seen but I do a fair job of tacking slabs on a knife. If anyone is interested I'll be glad to play.

    Jesster
     
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    Jesster - No standard for skills in this deal! Me and my 8 YOs are going to put something up!

    I think we'll have some prizes for a couple of categories too, e.g. overall best, most unique, etc...
     
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    I'm in boys. I'm good for some leather work or handles. I can can refurb one of my old axe heads and send it to someone to rehaft if that sounds good.
     
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    Cool idea boys!!!!
     
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    Great idea, guys.
     
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    i'll throw my name in the hat again Mike. If you find a member that wants to collaberate with me, than let me know.
     
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    I would like to add at this time, if you have skills you would like to share to please make every effort to find a collaborative partner. Mike and I will make every effort to pair efforts but it will be very difficult to keep a handle on everything. This is an exercise among members. Thanks for all the interest thus far. There is no specific time table so please put the imaginations to work.
     
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    Excellent idea gentleman.
     
  17. mneedham

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    Tim - I have a collaboration to report:

    My girls and I will make a knife blade and heat treat it, 1Jesster will put grips on the blade, and Growlingbear will finish the edge and make a sheath....
     
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    I didn't make it, but I've got an extra Mora blade that I'd toss into the ring if you want to make a handle for it. I'm already working on the other blade I have.

    Just thinkin'.
     
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    My only talent is being a good door stop.

    That said I have some black walnut for knife handles so PM me knife handle makers.
     
  20. mneedham

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    That is awesome guys!

    1jesster - This is the knife the girls drew for the auction, the handle is based on a 556MP utility knife grip that we like very much... We call it the Tiny Rhino - Rhino Toe:

    [​IMG]
     
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    @ Rhino Forge - Nice design. It has serious potential.

    @ Ratt1 - What did you have in mind?

    @ Shutternut - I may take you up on the offer.
     
  22. mneedham

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    Cool Aven! I was hoping you would jump in, I have examples of your mad carving skills. At some point, will you grip one of ours too?
     
  23. upthecreek

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    I'm glad to see a little fire under this thread. I'll get everything sorted and post an update right away. We can't forget that the proceeds from auction items go to benefit our BCUSA brothers and sisters. Little things can make a big difference.
     
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    It would be my pleasure. I'll do the sheath for it as well.
     
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    Awesome! We are going to do a blade for Easy Rider, maybe you could help us with that...
     
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    I have a nice 4 inch carbon stick tang blade with a scandi grind I would donate. I am pretty decent at full tang scales but have never done a stick tang handle. I would send it to someone to put a handle on it , and they could send it back to me. I will sheath it and donate it if anyone is interested in a collaboration with me ?:6:
     
  27. 556mp

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    If anyone would be interested in making a PSK knife:
    I'll send them a small piece of O1, you can grind it, file it, or whatever. It would give someone the opportunity to practice or have a try at knife making. Once your done with it, send the knife back to me and I'll harden and temper and we can auction the PSK knife.

    -Matt
     
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    Matt ,
    I'm down with that ,and when I send it back to you I can send the blade I mentioned in this thread. Let me know.

    Thanks,
    Justin
     
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    Hey guys I've been working on some designs for tomahawk handles that would be turned on my lathe. I'm looking at some laminations that would actually be stronger than a single piece of wood. I've also considered some that are more artistic and not for use.

    Is someone who can work metal interested in forging a hawk head? I can turn the handle and then maybe someone else could sharpen it?
     
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    Sure. Sounds good to me.
     
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    Good - Now I just need to warm up a little, our shop isn't heated and it's going to be 0 F tonight......
     
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    Winter can be harsh in an unheated shop. Cold fingers don't work the way they are supposed to and hurt like all get out when they get thumped. I remember what winter can be like in Upstate NY. "Lake effect snow" is another way of saying its gonna snow for the next week or two nonstop.
     
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    Yep - I'm upgrading the shop/shed in the spring to include a wood stove.... Your description reminds me of Sandy Creek, where were you?
     
  34. 556mp

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    That woulds like it would work to me. Just PM me your info and I'll ship the stuff next week.

    That sounds really cool. If anyone has an old, small, unused ball pien hammer head, I wouldn't mind having a try at making a tomahawk head for one of those handles. Only problem is that I use my 4 hammers to make things :)

    No guarantee on how it would turn out as I've never attempted anything like that before, but I'd sure as hell give it my all.

    It would have to be a smaller one as my forge is not that big, and my coal forge is not set up any more.
     
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    556 brother I'm down for whatever. My dad and I run SPiN Woodworks in our off time. Turning the handle is no problem. I've considered one for my trail hawk, but due to its oval profile the amount of handwork would be prohibitive.

    If we went with a round shape in the eye I can fit it perfectly. I like the idea with the hammer though, kinda neat to repurpose that. Could you make one close to the size of the trail hawk?

    Tell me what you think.
     
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    Yeah that's probably the biggest that I could make, and about the size that I was thinking. Not sure how I'd get the eye all set though, I have a drift that I made but it's for a small pocket style axe, which I never got a chance to try, but it's the shape of an axe eye... The horn of my anvil may work.

    I could always have a try at making a trade style hawk, I just don't have any flat stock steel left besides a foot of O1, which I don't think would be best for a hawk.. I do however have some 5160 in the form of scrap steel. I'm not sure if my little forge gets hot enough to forge weld, but I could try.

    Let me see if I can do it without a hammer head to work off of.
     
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    Roger that. Could you pm me the process for setting the eye? Btw I may have a hammer or three sitting around that we could melt down.

    I'll be in the shop Monday and could take some pictures of some possible layups for the handle to send to you.
     
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    This is a great idea. I wish i had a more useful skill for you guys to utilize, but, I'm a fairly capable woodworker, and I have a shop at my disposal in my basement.

    I would be more than willing to contribute to the project, if anybody needs something done with woodworking. I have a good amount of experience building things, not necessarily crafting handles and such, but I've done some very fine work before, and things like that wouldn't be foreign to me.

    Thanks for putting this together Mneedham
     
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    little update

    I'm happy to see folks getting involved. So far this is what I have. 2 projects and a bunch of people willing to help. If you see something you can work with in the list of willing souls, please establish communication and get the ball rolling. Thanks to everyone for their input thus far. If you have something that I've missed please post in the thread or pm me.

    Projects:

    knife - needham gals, 1Jesster, Growling Bear,

    Willing participants :

    556MP
    Malcolm C - leather work
    Ratty1 -
    Shutternut - blade to donate
    Brazito - scale material
    Aven -
    Bad Moon - blade to donate
    Kimber45guy - tomahawk handle
    JD Feniello - wood working

    Thank again everyone. We're not trying to change the world here. Just help out a little. Please read thru the thread to see ideas other may have and how you could perhaps help out.

    Creek :42:
     
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    I do some leather work. I might be able to help out in another way, just depends on the project.
     
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    I can put a handle on a knife and/or do a sheath for it.
     
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    Malcolm C has been kind enough to offer up a mask for the little hatchet you sent me Mike. So we have an axe going to the cause.
     
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    amen brother
     
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    Yep! Collaborate, support the site, help create the Campfire Fund! There is not a lot of down-side. Some folks have already listed their skills, let's pair up and get to work.
     
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    Can't wait to see it. We all appreciate you guys effort too.
     
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    Bad Moon, I have been working on making some really nice bone handles for stick tang knives. I was going to say that I would do a handle if someone wanted to donate a blade, and then I would send it on for pants. I guess we have a deal! I'll PM you.

    Looker
     
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    We're doing it!

    Looks like it's a go. Bad Moon will send the blade to me, and I will handle it in bone (from the deer I got this year). Then it will go back to him for leather. I'm really excited to be involved in this, thanks guys!

    And thanks to Bad Moon for collaborating with me on this.

    Looker
     
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  49. 556mp

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    I sent the forged PSK blank to Badmoon today. I forgot to take a picture though :rolleyes:


    You just need a gas forge inside. Warms up mine real nice ;)
     
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    update

    thanks everyone..

    Current stats:

    Projects:

    knife - needham gals, 1Jesster, Growling Bear,

    axe - upthecreek, mneedham, Malcolm C

    knife - looker, bad moon

    psk - 556mp, bad moon

    Willing participants :

    556MP
    Malcolm C - leather work
    Ratty1 -
    Shutternut - blade to donate
    Brazito - scale material
    Aven -
    Bad Moon - blade to donate
    Kimber45guy - tomahawk handle
    JD Feniello - wood working

    Creek :42:
     
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